Be Empowered By Aroma Therapy

Aromatherapy: The use of fragrant botanical oils for physical, psychological and spiritual well-being.

From as early as 4,500 before the common era, essential oils (powerful, concentrated organic compounds extracted steam-distilled or cold-pressed from plant flowers, fruit, resins, roots and bark) have been recognized for their natural healing powers that promote health and well-being. Powers over physical ailments and powers over emotional issues. Their fragrances soothe, heal, and invigorate the mind and body. Aromas act on the deepest parts of the brain and the central nervous system to enhance mood and emotions to relieve depression and anxiety and restore emotional wellness.

Their chemical constituents include antioxidants which encourage radiant health when used correctly. They have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. With hundreds of vitamins and other compounds, essential oils act as adaptogens which promote homeostasis. Essential oils are non-greasy and require only a few drops to have tremendous effects on emotional well-being, physical health or spiritual mindfulness. They easily penetrate deeply into the skin such that simple topical use with a carrier oil stimulates healing throughout the body as the compounds journey within. Using focused medicinal massage techniques, they stimulate the nervous system to release congestion and re-balance areas of the body affected by stress. With absorption into the bloodstream, these oils ease aches, pains, injuries while enhancing cellular renewal, blood circulation and effective detoxification for deep healing.

It is said that the sense of smell reaches the soul faster than any other sense. After all, scripture tells us that “Life” was breathed into Man. So it stands to reason that inhalation of “prana” leads to an enlivening of the “soul” … even enlightenment! Add to that an exquisite aroma and you gain a recipe for triggering emotional and even physical responses to help transform moods and move through different states of mind.

In the following video, Dr. Josh Axe and Jordan Rubin discuss essential oils nicely:

As you may have learned, many of these essential oils have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties that surpass pharmaceutical variants in that they do not leave behind nor generate dangerous toxins for the body to deal with eventually. Essential oils are truly gifts to us through Nature.

Check out what Vanderbilt Hospital found when they began incorporating aromatherapy in their emergency room space:

But remember, it is important to use them correctly! There is a lot of unfounded as safe information floating around due to the success of two referral marketing companies whose associated distributors have been leading the way to knowledge about these Gd-given miracles. Unfortunately, their sole interest is to convince as many others as possible to peddle as many oils as possible … even while making claims as to their use that may be false. Always seek the help of a competent, certified authority when you need answers to important questions. As a general rule, though you will find some authorities knowledgeable in the use of essential plant oils internally, it is not the method of use recommended by aromatherapists. Not to say that one should never take an botanical oil internally. Just be sure to be in direct consultation with a responsible, competent authority.

It should be known that there is an effort at this very moment to help raise finishing funds to complete an independent aromatherapy documentary that seeks to deepen dialogues, dispel myths, empower engagement and encourage informed relationships with essential oils and their use in aromatherapy. Watch this preview:

Commonly Used Essential Oils

There are many options to consider, but here are some popular ones:

  • Bergamot is a citrus-scented oil that helps lower stress and anxiety levels.
  • Cedarwood has a woody fragrance. While its scent can help you relax, it can also aid in respiratory problems.
  • Chamomile, often consumed in tea, is known for its calming effects. But this essential oil can also help lift your mood.
  • Eucalyptus has cooling qualities and is used as a natural decongestant for those who suffer from respiratory ailments.
  • Jasmine is a sweet-smelling essential oil used to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as boost libido.
  • Lavender, soothing and calming, is often used for relaxation and to ease insomnia.
  • Lemon not only increases energy and focus, but boosts your immune system and promotes healthy digestion.
  • Peppermint is energizing and refreshing, and it can improve concentration and help relieve headaches and nausea.
  • Rosemary is a stimulating essential oil that can boost mental activity and sharpen your focus. It’s also used to ease pain and cramping.
  • Sandalwood can help release tension and increase your sex drive.
  • Tea tree oil can have an uplifting effect and help calm your mind.

Do you want to know what may be the Top 10 Essential Oils to keep on hand? See this:

By now, you may be thinking that you would like to have some of these gems on hand. Here you will access a very high quality source of 100% certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, much less expensive than those in the M.L.M. lineup. Eden’s Garden also has perhaps the most intriguing line of botanical body oils and perfumes that can have men “delirious” with desire after smelling product smart women “sporting” them. Here’s what The Healing Cave Lady had to say:

Obviously, if you want to smell amazing without being toxic to your body, E.G.’s could easily supply you with what you want. Phenomenal perfumes, deodorants, body oils, etcetera could all be found at really good prices. These guys are at the top of the game! Smell good and be therapeutically benefited at the same time. It’s awesome.

How would the following tickle the fancy of your best friend?

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Let’s consider too the cleaning aspects of essential plant oil use. Their antimicrobial properties provide adequate replacements. Toxins can hide out in your cleaning supplies, cookware, beauty products and more. While you may be leading an otherwise healthy lifestyle, some toxic household products can derail your health journey. Five are:

  1. Bleach ( Use Lemon Oil, Tea Tree Oil and White Distilled Vinegar instead)
  2. Antibacterial Chemicals (Use Castile soap or Alcohol enhanced with essential oils)
  3. Scented Candles and Air Fresheners (Use Essential Oil Diffusers or Baking Soda infused with Citrus or Tea Tree oils)
  4. Talcum Powder (Use Organic Cornstarch infused with choice essential oils)
  5. Non-Stick Chemicals (Use Stainless Steel or Cast iron with Avocado, Coconut oil or Ghee)

Doc Axe tells more in this video:

The bottom line leaves us with a feeling of promise to the hope that we can achieve and maintain well-being with the right attitude toward being. Good old fashioned olfactory based approaches to enriching our environments can be just what The Good Lord bade.

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Animated Living Enlivens

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No one I know is satisfied with a boring life. I can’t imagine anyone who would be! So what is it that holds some people from creating the life of their good dream? Perhaps they need to learn “the secret for acing life”? (i.e.: Always DO the thing you find the most emotionally difficult to do in whatever situation you find yourself in). Listen to Leo from Actualized.org

The emotionally challenged life sustains the actualization of intimacy with your being and leads to a richer, more rewarding life, with fulfillment and peace of mind. One way or another, you lead the way to where you’ll end up. Take charge of your life and be distinguished as yourself from all others. Animate your life! Write its story and play the part in your own “Emmy” “award winning” performance. Sometimes, even a little exaggeration will make you and others believe your seriousness about the situation. Take an example from The Maori:

I’m not saying you have to express yourself exactly that way, but you do have to instill within yourself the determination and will to succeed. After all, who decides what a meaningful life is to you? YOU Do! Your imagination can unlimitingly unlock amazing future unfoldings for you within your world.

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Of course, the animation of life that I am speaking about goes beyond the scenario viewed in the video and suggests that you “bring to life” your act of living and not go about it hazily, in a fog, but rather clear-headed with bearing. Meet your emotional challenges head on and be the one who activates and actualizes your being. From the most sensitive issue to the least, you’ll strengthen your conviction to reveal the real you. Whatever works for you, that you should be focused to do.

This is deliciously cool way to play … in an animated way!

Time waits for no one . . . Life goes on and passes like a shadow. Should ye not be doing the things that will cause you to live happy? Like I said before, write your story with a happy ending and play the role of the successful achiever . . . Whatever your goal, do the thing the most emotionally difficult for you to do and you’ll open the door to your well-deserved success. Become animated with love of your gifts in life. Those you bring as well as those given to you from others. Enliven your living through understanding its preciousness and your importance as part of the whole . . . You as a universe, your spirit in your body, your family, your community, our society . . . A small part yet a great asset.

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The road to an “enlivened” life is full of the unknown. But you can conquer the fear of it by having a good reason “why you must travel it”. How important is it for you to become . . .? Think well, generate the right feelings . . . and you will bring the results you desire.

It’s how you think that determines the happiness in your life. Use your power to control your estimate of things or occurrences and animate your thoughts to serve you well!

Personal Responsibility and The Power of Intention

Yep! Personal responsibility is what needs to be taken before any attempt at anything. Your response ability is what enables you to perform whatever it is you are to perform. Being able to respond to stimuli is an important part of action and re-action. How you act is a matter of practice. You define your habits.

When “who is in charge here” comes to question as you take on a project, YOU are the only one who will make sure that you are on track to getting what you want … And if you don’t get it, it’s no one else’s fault nor their problem. It’s your “baby” … You help it grow.

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Having the courage to accept that you are 100% responsible for everything gains you a power that very few people can actually take advantage of. The power of creation … A spring board for intent … A hand on the future. Where do you want to bring yourself?

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Taking personal responsibility is the first step to self-actualization. By committing yourself to pursuing a better you, you will be constantly inspiring yourself to greatness. Leo at Actualized.org has got lots more to tell you regarding the foundations of this topic.

Dr. Wayne Dyer also talks about this as well with the foundations for inner development:

The second step in the process of self-actualization is to use the power of intention.

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When you are inspired to act with clarity in alignment with truth and your conviction to uphold that truth, you will more quickly manifest your desires simply because of the alignment you have with what you want to attract into your life. Just as you intended! Listen to this clip of Dr. Wayne Dyer:

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Take charge of life and let the power of intention pulse through you for a purposeful life. Align yourself with your passions and activate your future achievements starting now.

Parallel Realities

In an article in The International Business Times, Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater ask the question, “Could parallel realities be giving you memories of things that never happened?

Is it possible that parallel realities are real or is it that we just imagine that they exist … and come to believe that they do? Crazy stuff going on here. What do you think?

Here’s another video by Aaron Doughty … I like his presentation manner, succinct delivery and clear explaination of this interesting concept. I’m curious what you have to say about all this. Is it all just a “crock of turds” 😀 ?

Is it “Aaron Doughty Day”? My “parallel”ing … I’m fascinated with his delivery. From his mouth, you’ll gain a greater grasp of this information than if I were to write about it. Whatever, what we have here is “food for thought” and for better “minding” of your busy-ness! Here he reminds me of Abraham Hicks discussions. You might want to compare the two teachings:

😉 For comparison sake the following is the Abraham version of this stuff. Abraham explains through Esther Hicks (link connects another discussion about parallel realities from their viewpoint) about the power present to us in our “now” mpoments and that the primary work for us to do is to establish a positively set” point of attraction” that serves us our preferred outcome:

As you learn to focus your attention on your becoming, with clarity and purpose, the manifestations that occur are the reflections of your thoughts and beliefs.

Hey, are you familiar with The Twilight Zone? Happened to be one of my favorite TV shows to watch growing up. May have influenced my development beneath the “radar” of my consciousness. Is there a way to find out? In any case, check out this episode:

Suddenly I’m reminded again of The Talking HeadsHow did I get here?

Ralph Smart, aka Infinite Waters, speaks about synchronizing reality with the “path” you’ve inwardly chosen. Here he reveals the effect thought and determination has had in his life and how our dominant thoughts align with our life to become our experiences:

10 Signs Everything You Want To Attract Is On Its Way To You

Wayne Dyer has a recording where he speaks of the 101 Ways to Transform Your Life … Become A New Human Being. Those of us who really want to “soar” above and beyond our “limitations” should hear his method for shifting into the transformed reality we desire. Inspiring spirits, this in”spiritation” occurs now!

Lots here to think about! However, no doubt, it is now more clear from all this information that we have the power to control our destiny. In fact it is we who determine it! Which parallel reality will you choose?

Become a Better Human Being … Master the Art!

And now, for your listening pleasure, I bring you to the following parallel broadcast … Enjoy!

The Alternate Reality

Are you aware that an alternate reality exists to everything you currently imagine? So much has come to light with regard to how our consciousness affects what we perceive as real. The previous post revealed a video that explains all this in depth. It is quite a mind-opener you should take a moment to view! If you are interested in how one particular spiritual mentor found “the secret” to better living, the following movie by Wayne Dyer is one of the most inspirational films I have ever watched  … Watch it too 😀 … In it’s subtle teaching, it shows the ways in which you can be happier and more content in life by recognizing ignorance and opening the door to shift into a better reality.

Too many people tend to miss the goodness in their lives simply because they largely focus their thoughts on what’s wrong with their lives and do not pay homage to what is in fact good. This practice only serves to keep the frequency of their “vibration” on a low level. Positive, high level vibrations result from happy thoughts and feelings. The Universe’s Law of Attraction states that whether we realize it or not, we are responsible for bringing both positive and negative influences into our lives.

Those of you who have been following my posts know that every now and then I like to include the words of wisdom that stream from “Abraham”, the collective universal consciousness, through Esther Hicks. To the unfamiliar, their teaching is that we as human beings, are THE “LEADING EDGE” of present day “re-creation” … continuously expanding the Universe beyond that which was created prior to our coming here … and creating new avenues of becoming.  In fact, “recreation” is such an appropriate word since from their point of view, we unfortunately tend to work too hard! Life is meant to be fun … an experience within which our needs are provided effortlessly by the nature of God’s Universe. The error of thinking we must struggle and strive for success only causes us to resist going with the flow of “Source” (present in the form of our “inner being”) who from what I’ve come to understand, immediately answers our call and provides at that moment what we need (albeit on a vibrational level, but nonetheless done for us). We just have to somehow match the frequency of that vibration the same way a radio dial is adjusted to tune into a specific broadcast. Check this for more if interested:

All told, what’s written on the bottom line is that we can dictate the state of our “reality” by the way we focus thought. We have the ability to enter consciously into alternate realities at every moment! Every moment of our lives can be as real as we imagine them to be. It is said that the “present” we are living at this moment is the “old news” of our past thoughts and imaginations. By living “in the now”, we can gain insight on what to anticipate will be the experience of our future.  With what we have learned thus far, it is obviously wise to preserve every “now” moment with the infusion of good feelings and appreciation for “the path” we are on and positively thinking about it.

Many times all one has to do is “go with the flow” to where the inner being is leading. Instead of trying to go against the flow, resisting the “ease” with which “Source” and The Universe is tending to and providing for our needs, what we really need to do is allow the “inner being” within us to navigate the way. Like a GPS navigational system, it is said that our inner beings indicate to us whether or not we are on the right path in life by the way we feel … Happy? You’re on the right track. Not, you’re not!

As an experienced human being, my experience (and I am pretty sure it is the same with you) has been that it is extremely difficult to maintain a happy state of mind and a positive outlook when things go “haywire”. Sure, some times it is easier than others when things are working out … or appear to anyway. But, in the midst of a crisis, who of us can whistle a happy tune at that time? Gloom is doom no matter which way you look at it. There exists at that time only darkness … light has a very hard time dispersing it. But, it is possible to alternate that reality for another. Listen to a full workshop Esther conducted:

However you can do it, enjoy the journey on the way to what you want even though the whole time you’re on the way you aren’t there yet! We are and will always be on our way to something more. We will never get “it” done and the only “wrong” way to try and get “there” is to not have fun along the way. It’s during the journey that you’ll experience thrills. Alternate the “reality” of your experience to serve your future well.

Many are Man’s Thoughts

. . . The thoughts in a man’s heart are many. But it’s the “advice” that “Source” gives to him that will bring about what he wants in his life.

In my last post, I brought up the idea that inspiration is the result of a “breathing” mind … a mind which is receptive to the messages which our “Source” provides for us. Is yours “breathing” today? What it takes is simply to be in a relaxed state appreciative of all that you have and are doing while the Universe secretly arranges for people, events and things to surprise you during the day. It’s about making the choice to feel happy no matter what the circumstances are in life because that is the naturally intended state of being for “creatures” made in the “image” of God … in Its likeness.

In his book Psycho-Cybernetics,  Maxwell Maltz relegates a whole chapter to this notion. Not exactly in relation to what I wrote above, but the concept that happiness is native to the human mind. Happiness enables us to think better, perform better, feel better and maintain good health. Too often many of us hold the false belief that we will be happy after some future event or occurrence. The problem with that is while we wait for it to happen, we miss out on being happy in the present … The “now” loses out due to the disappointment of the event or occurrence not yet happening. Happiness is a mental attitude, a habit, that is learned and practiced. If not in the present, it may never be experienced. This is just one topic the book discusses.  With millions of copies sold, if you haven’t read his book, you may be missing out on the most important influence on your life. Check it out!

What needs to be reiterated is that we receive countless numbers of blessings each day. The simple fact that we are alive is one of them. While life does have its problems, it is to be understood that they are in our lives for the challenge of overcoming them. Life would be rather boring if all day every day everything went well without any blips. There is an interesting level of fun experienced when we overcome obstacles to achievement and solve difficult problems. It’s our mental exercise routine. Moreover, we create an expansion of our being by realizing greater abilities through experience.

Esther Hicks, the physical conduit of the thoughts of a collective of non-physical beings, talks about the purpose of contrast in our lives as being the means by which we learn what we want in life. That in fact, we knew that this is the reason we came into the world … to discern personally what we want to focus upon as “creators” … extensions of Source energy.  The world in which we live is vibrational and a change in your personal vibration will change your life. Thus, it becomes very important to give our attention to positive thoughts and feelings because that is the way we attract positivity into our lives. By focusing with clarity on what we want to experience, we encourage exactly that to be.

I can’t over emphasize how much this process has been affecting my life lately. Everything is always working out for me. Maybe not immediately, but I no longer have cause for concern. I know that “Source” is with me all the time in every moment no matter what. What a relief it is to hold that belief. I now experience my world unfolding beautifully in ways which allow me to receive what I want to come to me. One of the things that has come is the new Aspire Training for Online Marketing Mastery. What a fantastic “find”! More accurately however, the Universe coordinated such that it found me as a result of my enhanced receptive mode. With a 118+ page members area, it is bursting with training, expertise, community, tools and resources which ensure success for those  of us wanting to climb to the top of the internet marketing game. The coaching is first class as each and every one of them are already earning at least high six figures and some even at seven! I suggest you give it some thought if you too want a very nice income.

Anyway, life comes with challenges. The ultimate question though is how are you facing yours? You owe it to yourself to be in alignment with who you really are … with your origin and its true nature. once you maintain that frequency, the world becomes your playmate.

Make YOUR day special . . . !

Psycho-Cybernetics Updated and Expanded

Of Houses and Homes

How many of you have heard the song “A House Is Not a Home” 1964 written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David? Many of you who have, for sure are more familiar with the version sung by Luther Vandross in 1981. No matter which one you listen to, I want to call attention to the notion that the structure we know of as a “house” is purely a physical one, devoid of “soul”; while a home has within the same type of structure, the spirit of warmth, kindness, nourishment, love and family.

Yeah, it’s been a long time since I wrote my last blog here. So much has gone on since then and without going into all the details, life is quite interesting. Those of you who have been following may be wondering what I did about the dilemma I was in the last time I wrote. Long story short, we are putting our talents together in a business venture. “Talents, you say? Yeah, but maybe more so our passions.

To further understand (. . . read the former post . . .), we are combining her knowledge and excitement about numerology as a means for revealing a persons “inner road map” or “numerical influencings” while I mix that perspective with biofeedback-ed aura images that reveal the energy frequency of the color spectrum most representative of the person’s core “vibration” . . . People will gain tremendous insight into their “be”-ing after a consultation with us. Quite fascinating indeed! This venture is a way for me to be involved with her, in at least this aspect of her life (though I really feel I want more . . . much more . . .), where I can focus on building a good relationship with her based as business partners. If it is a successful effort, who knows what the future holds?

But, it is A GOOD HAPPENING! I’m really excited and looking forward to experience how this situation unfolds . . . Hopefully in such a delicious manner that I imagine only a very small segment of how wonderful this could actually turn out to be. If it does turn out that “the match”, is indeed from Heaven to the Earth . . . Or at least we respond to it as if it is . . . This has the feel of a fun journey beginning.

For those of you new to this blog, I am within a 25 year experience of marriage to a valorous woman who is truly a blessing . . . through her unconditional love and determination to provide for her loved ones . . . Yet, for whatever energetic reasons, has a way of colliding unpleasantly with me and mine. I have wondered all too often if we are suited for each other. In fact, ask me and I’ll clearly say no . . . no more wondering here. Yet, is this something that I can decide for myself and be right . . . correct . . . by way of my own reasoning and intent? Or is there Divine Intervention that affirms, “Forget what you think, she’s the ultimate one for you, I know better.”

I don’t know and for sure don’t understand. I have no idea what the truth is.

What “sweetens the deal” is that we have recently built a new “dwelling unit”. A new place to live that we call “ours” . . . no longer renters  . . . “owners”.

My question now is this, what if the soul presently “registered” as “my wife”, is not ideally meant for me? What if I made a choice to marry her without considering an alignment with who I am to become in the eyes of “Source”, The G-D Energy, that which creates Worlds within The Universe . . . and my decision didn’t favor into account the longevity within which “contracts” such as the one we made in marriage persists?

What if at this stage in my becoming my greatest version of me, she can now only rank as a friend? She doesn’t excite me nor does she bring out the best expression of my self . . . and that a different “help-meet” is exactly what “the doctor” prescribes for my best interest? That’d be a blip! . . . Kind of . . .

So now the question is, will it be possible to transform the building . . . our new dwelling unit . . . the house . . . to a home with a vibrant, “soul-filled-unit”? A purposeful representation of the union of two splendidly matched components into a singular unit that radiates warmth and love to all who draw near . . . instead of a structure which in actuality is a portrayal of disunity and division, plurality that fails to communicate decisiveness and perfumes the air with dissension?

Now I’m not saying it’s really like all that exactly . . . Maybe exaggerated a teeny bit . . . As an idea . . . But, if it is impossible to achieve the preferable vibrant “state of living” in the spirit of a home, could it still be worth spending a portion of my lifetime in this “style” that is less perfect?

I am certainly worth more than that, but what if this is a part of my training . . . my preparation for the next stage of my oncoming “reality”?

Disconnected from a sense of belonging, from either side to either side, life feels obscure . . . unsatisfying  in its attempt at fulfillment. A very important “thing” is missing . . . Can one find true peace and satisfaction while in this experience? Can the house erected be built into a home? Is it necessary?

Wow! I better close this “can of worms”. If this stuff gets out into the wrong eyes, I’m “up a creek” . . . without a paddle . . . and it won’t be pretty at the rocks!

I believe that there is no such thing as an accident. Everything has a reason and a purpose. They may be things that we have brought and will bring upon ourselves by way of our behavior. The actions we’ve taken after a series of thoughts lead us along the path to whatever results.

We don’t always train our “dog”ma to avoid the tragic mishap of being hit by the “kar”ma. Being extensions of “Source Energy” gives us the power to “re-create”. We make decisions based on what and how we think. The Law of Attraction holds that we draw upon ourselves that which we are like . . . that which matches the vibration at which we are vibrating . . . being in alignment with the spiritual “broadcast” whose frequency is the same as ours . . . that with which we project to our world.

So, in the process of becoming a better and better version of oneself, there is a need to experience contrasting feelings in order to decipher which are liked and which are not. It is this “pool of wonder” that provides the substances from which we learn to build our vibrational allies. The energies which accompany us and assist us in the direction we choose to go.

Taking into consideration that our physical bodies are in fact a “dwelling place” for a portion of our “spiritual bodies” (the majority of which is comprised of the connection extending from “The Source”) what are we providing to our “selves” in the way of a house or a home?

I have come to understand that what we know of as death is really just a separation from our physical bodies – which at first frightens us because we fear giving up the experiences this world has to offer . . . They have become more real than life itself! Yet, the pure bliss of what it is like to be reconnected to the timeless, unhindered, frictionless World of “Source”, completely overrides the so called “loss” of physical experience.

Of course, this physical experience is what causes expansion of consciousness. It is here that newness “re-creates”. Ideas are born and mankind fashions advancements and fascinating achievements. Without this experience new worlds cannot be born and the universe serves no purpose. For its creation was solely for the purpose of covertly assisting us to become what we eventually become.

So now the question is, how are we serving our selves by our thoughts? What kind of “dwelling unit” have we constructed through the perpetuation of how and what we think? Is your consciousness in a house or is it living in a home? Are the thoughts that dominate every moment those which bespeak happiness, joy  and appreciation for all that you have and satisfaction in knowing that everything is always working out for the better in your life – or – do thoughts that don’t serve you well the reigning champions?

You need to know, and this is very important, that we can control how we feel if we care how we want to feel. This is an awesome power! Get to know it. If it is important for us to feel a particular way, we make sure we feel it. If it is important for me to feel good, I do my best to direct my thought to those which cause me to feel good. I “allow” myself to feel good. It doesn’t pay to allow oneself to stay in a state of depression and sadness, dismay and frustration with “the way” things “are”. The way things are are because they are “thought” to “be” that way. That’s what is thought! What “good” results from thinking like that? Who would want to live in that “house”?

So my friends, it turns out that we decide what experience we want . . . which we will allow ourselves to relish in. We are the creators of our “realities”, in each and every now that we enter. What happens is up to us and our focus on where we want to take ourselves . . . the path we choose to follow. No one else decides that for us. It’s all in our heads!

Lao Tzu said (in Chinese of course . . .), “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny!”?

With a working hearth in it, any house becomes a warm home.

The Disruption of Anger

I had to catch myself this morning as I found myself a bit late getting off to work. One of my daughters is complaining that no one woke her up at six o’clock per her request (which I cannot recall her asking me if she did) anh here it was half an hour later. She’s standing in one spot loathing over how little time she has to get her things done. I said to her that while the situation looked bleak, it behooves her to do as much as possible in the time remaining. She just stood there wallowing in misery. I told her that as long as she stands there doing nothing, nothing will fet done and if she’s wise, she’d better put “the pedal to the metal” and haul a__. She just raised her voice and said there was no chance she could finish her preparations in the amount of time left. She was right. She wasn’t doing anything but whining in place. I wanted to yell at her but then quickly realized, in time, that she became the proverbial horse that when lead to water, can’t be forced to drink if it doesn’t want to. I didn’t know what to do.

I felt a surge of anger. What the heck is going on here? Can you smack sense into the “blind”, ignorant and stubborn? Of course not! Being a parent, it’s become apparent that one finds need for a course in psychology to meet the challenge of it. Not everyone “catches” his or herself in time. There are many terrible stories abound with tales of lost control.

I gain my insight from Torah. It happens to be my choice for principle guidance. I have no intent to impinge on anyone elses sources for moral or spiritual guidance. That said, Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz brings from Gemara that the ways of The Torah become part of a Torah scholar’s personality; the more a person learns the Torah and delves into its great wisdom, the more it becomes part of him. I reckon this holds true for anyone who permeates his life to live with holiness and good teaching from words of “Iight”, wisdom and truth. A true scholar of genuine Divine wisdom should be a person who walks the talk, who lives it, who embodies it –  someone in whom the values of “The Way” are personified in their conduct, the way they interact with people, their integrity and their decency. Every part of their being should be an expression of such high values.

This is why when there is anger, the wisdom and “in”-spiration of the Torah leaves. If the person who makes a point of embodiying the teaching is not walking the talk, if they are not an expression of the depth of Torah values, then there is no place for Torah within such a person. Living the values of “The Way” day-to-day is a prerequisite to being a true “enlightened” scholar. Hence many passages in the Talmud discuss how decency is the foundation upon which G-d taught learning can be built – not just because it is the moral imperative, but because the Holiest of Teachings cannot remain in a person who does not actually live its way. It has to become part of who he or she is.

There is a famous letter written by Nachmanides, Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman, known as the Ramban, who lived some 700 years ago. He wrote a letter,  what could be called an ethical will, giving advice for life to his son; but his words are timeless. He began the letter with a verse from Proverbs, and the first sentence in his own words reads as follows: “Accustom yourself always to speak all of your words with gentleness, to all people and at all times.” This is the Ramban’s first instruction to his son and, by extension, to people who value good moral qualities. We must speak gently to all people at all times. He continues, “and through this, you will be saved from anger which is a very evil trait and causes people to sin. This is what Sages say: that “whoever becomes angry all kinds of hell rule over him.”

The fact that the Ramban chose to start his ethical will with these instructions shows us how dangerous anger really is, but at the same time also gives us practical advice on how to control it. He is saying, externally you must act in a way which is the opposite of anger and that will have an internal impact. What we portray to the outside influences who we are on the inside. If we speak gently and kindly, this will prevent anger.

Of course all this is easier said than done. But, if any of us are desiring in any way to emulate The Creator and “Be” in Its Likeness, it is imperative to consider these words and learn ways to do so.

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Of Wives and Men

Are you or have you been married? What’s it like? Pretty intense at times for me . . . I want to believe for the better.

This post could be classified as one of my intimate personal revelations. However, like I want to believe, it’s for the good. As with all of my posts anyway. We’re in this to win.

So it goes, a man seeks a wife. Why? It was kind of fun being single. No limitations regarding my whereabouts whenever and I could interact with whomever I wanted without questions like “Where were you?” or Who were you with?” suddenly becoming like hornets flying at my face. Of course, when you can honestly answer without fear, unlike those times when the “smokin” co-worker in the office wants to spend maximum time talking to you and you very much enjoy it, it’s not so bad. But the world is full of temptations . . . no end in sight nor feeling. What ya gonna do?

What logic lurks behind a commitment which lasts an eternity? Would anyone in their right mind sign a job contract which contains a binding lifetime obligation, when so many jobs are available which do not require such an extreme commitment? Why not enjoy relationships for their natural duration, and then move on when the eroded passion ceases to justify the maintenance of the relationship? Why would any sane person willingly consent to stick with a relationship even after it deteriorates to the point that it is rocky and challenging at best?

According to Kabbalistic teaching, the compulsion to rush into a lifelong commitment is an expression of the human soul’s deepest ambitions. The subliminal signals emanating from the soul have caused the logic-defying institution of marriage to be an integral part of the human fabric since the dawn of time. The soul’s desire to connect and commit makes the aspiration for marriage one of our most basic instincts.

What is the soul’s agenda? What does it stand to gain from hooking up with another soul? The mystics explain that two primary considerations drive the soul’s desire to marry: a desire to be complete, and its need to transcend itself.

In the first marriage ever, Adam and Eve were initially created as a single, two-faced body. The single being was split in two—a man and a woman—and then reunited in matrimony. In the world of souls, the partition and reunification of the male and female components of individual souls occurs continually. Every body is occupied by half a soul, and both body and soul reach a state of completion only when they are reunited with their long-lost other half.

The Talmud says that each soul’s predestined soul-mate is determined before its birth. The two may be born continents apart, with seemingly nothing in common, but divine destiny ensures that everyone’s path intersects with that of their soul-mate. However, in rare instances, due to external spiritual factors which may intervene, it is possible for people to marry spouses who are not their soul-mate. Even in such instances, however, eventually the two original soul-mates will marry—whether later on in life as a second marriage, or in a future incarnation of the two souls.

According to Kabbalists, the soul’s most fervent wish is to transcend itself. Marriage offers the soul the opportunity to express its altruistic nature. Marriage is about two souls who put their individual needs aside, and commit themselves 100% to the success of the relationship.

With Adam and Chavah at the forefront, it has been our mission to sanctify the world and make it a suitable place for emulating its Creator and be cause for “It” to revel. The home is the first frontier. Man and his woman are the perfect team to implement this plan. When working in harmony, they have the ability to make the home an epicenter of holiness whose ripple affects the neighborhood and the cosmos.

While that may be the ideal situation, the reality can be quite different. Now I’m not saying that I am unhappy, not at all. Sure there are some unhappy moments in time which goes without saying. Things can’t be “jolly roger” all the time. How would we be able to appreciate the good times if we have nothing to compare them with? How would we know the difference?

But here’s the thing and this is where it starts getting real personal again. I don’t know how many of you read my post “This Is Personal” , but if you did you’d know that I am not “white”. Here’s where you find out that my wife is . . . well sort of. Not in the way that’s meant derogatorily. She’s an American Romanian gene Yehudiah born in Israel but grew up in New York City. Suddenly the Talking Heads come to mind . . . How did I get here?

Okay, I’ll tell you. For whatever reasons which I cannot say because they are altogether not so clear to me even, I’ve had this strong desire to want to know “Who is G-d?” . . . Really. My parents practiced Catholicism. While I faithfully went to church as a kid, I found myself wanting to know why the person people were saying saved them he himself prayed to G-d. Something didn’t sit right with me. The more I began to peruse through the bible that we had at home with its intriguing pictures, it appeared to me that maybe the essence of prayer should be directed to The Creator of Heaven and Earth. I don’t know, this is way to deep to write about now. Maybe I’ll write a book someday. But, essentially, I found myself in search of truth. Besides, waking up to the fact that the holidays that we celebrated, despite being quite fun days, had a lot of lies connected to them. What’s the deal with the Easter bunny? How come we had a real mean German shepherd dog guarding the inside of our house that let no one in and Mr. Claus could somehow sneak into the house overnight and plant loads of presents under the tree in our living room? No way he could get away with that and not get torn to shreds! Surely I’d have seen some red and white fabric shreds lying around somewhere in the house. Oh and the search for reindeer in the skies all night while listening for the bells chinging over an otherwise snowy silent night? Not once in all my years on this quest did I catch a glimpse of any of those characters. Why was I being lied to? What was the cover up? The truth doesn’t stand on one leg. It’s stabilized by a solid stance.

So I began my search for it intensively while attending university. There I met so many different types of people with so many varied beliefs that an opened mind can get flooded. I finally came to the conclusion that “original” teaching, the first five books that Moses wrote, had the most to offer me in the way of understanding who the real deal is as far as I can understand “It”. Not that I totally do but I feel good that I may be communicating better with “It” than I was under the influence of some other belief. Some say that somewhere in my gene pool there must have been a Jewish “spark” carried down from an unknown ancestor. I must say however, had I known about the Noachide Laws, that might have kept me from being under the yoke of 606 commandments and instead having to be responsible for upholding just seven! So much more liberating. But I’m happy to be living life under the “Canopy of Divine Guidance” so you won’t get any complaints from me. But, for anyone still with me on this blog dealing with similar issues like those I faced, the Noachide World Center may be a good place to look into. Check out these videos too.

Anyway, so I wanted to get married. Did I upset my destiny toward my soul-mate? Or was this part of the divine plan? What does G-d know that I may never find out?

When you change your world, you create a whole new reality. But your phenotype stays the same. For me, the types of “fish in the sea” seemed to become much fewer in number. In fact, pretty much down to zilch. Suddenly, pretty much any Yehudiah with brown skin that my friends and extended family would meet became a candidate for me. For that reason alone. But compatibility is an important concern for such a milestone commitment. I felt no need to be confined within the mindset that my help-meet had to look like me skin-wise. We are clearly people after all . . . Spiritual beings having a human experience! Not that much is different between us outside of the culture we are trained by.

So that had become the main challenge. Bridging the gap between cultural upbringing. I have found that compromise can be a double-edged sword that one must exercise extreme caution with. It can either encourage your wildest dreams or send you to your wildest nightmare. It’s important to keep your eyes on the prize you are trying to win. What’s your ultimate goal? Remember, begin with the end in mind. Now mind you, I, like every sane man on the planet, am attracted to beautiful women. Not that they are attracted to me, but I for sure am drawn to quality. Sure, there are some who look absolutely fantastic, but you can tell right away or even some short time after that they don’t represent quality women. Then again, you can find some really high quality women who look somewhat beast. I selected a “golden soul” who most certainly wasn’t going to be a draw to the “wolves” and maybe run astray nor would I wake up in the morning thinking again of those Talking Heads. Well, not too often anyway!! Admittedly it can happen.

So that’s it. In a search for a mutual lifestyle companion, we may find our selves building our own prison for reasons unknown. But, if the conditions are good, what’s the benefit of breaking out? Being committed doesn’t have to refer to an insane asylum. You have to stick with your “inner voice” and go with your program. It just may be that no matter which one you choose, she’s the right medicine for what ails you . . . Even if at times she makes you “sick”. It’s all good.

What Makes Being Human An Art?

First of all, we all works of art. No? Descendants of the first man and woman created from clay that was inspired with the “life breath” of The Almighty Holy One. An occurrence so awesome it can drive you insane imagining the power of what that means for us as the latest representatives of that being! There’s a reason why we are . . . What’s the point?

General descriptions of art mention an idea of imaginative or technical skill stemming from human agency and creation. The nature of art and related concepts, such as creativity and interpretation, are explored in a branch of philosophy known as aesthetics.

My reference in this blog is to the pursuit of perfecting the “gift” we’ve been given. How we translate into behavior what it means to live better . . . being human at its best where more of us benefit. Of course, this involves a whole multitude of aspects.

Humanity represents itself in many ways. Most of which will not ever be discussed in this forum. However, many aspects will be and it is incumbent upon those of us wanting to “be” better, to address those issues of utmost importance for us.

Besides the search for gratification, there is an awareness of the inevitability of death. Everyone at some point dies. There is no way out of this! It’s reality. But what becomes most important to keep in mind is that in the end, it is not the amount of years one lived but rather the amount of life one had in those years! Quality is what really counts here.

Given the ups and downs of the experience we know of as life, it takes real mastery to maintain a sense of balance and coordination throughout the trials and tribulations we all endure. It really helps to take an artistic approach to go through daily living with grace and respect . . . especially when the going gets rough. Imagination helps!

It’s nice to own personal knowledge in working systems that can be duplicated. If it isn’t broke, there isn’t anything to fix. But you’ve got to make it yours! Then you can use it at will whenever you need it. Own the rights, win the delights! In fact, this is the benefit of The Licensing Solution for making money . . . selling other peoples work.

There are many working systems of martial arts which provide their “players” with tools for self-defense. Trained automatic response perfected by practice gives its “owners” the ability to defend themselves when attacked  . . . a key to inner security and situational confidence.

When people meet you after you’ve been trained properly, they instinctively sense an uprightness in your stature. Calmness and surety pervade your being and you mirror and reflect back comfort to those who interact peacefully with you, yet act appropriately reflexive when relating to the need to deflect onslaught.

Those of you in my sphere of physical influence, for now folk living in Northern Israel, who want to radiate auras of confidence which reflect an ability to appropriately face confrontations in their lives will have Wing Chun as the system to make use for personal defense.

I learned the “traditional” version of wing chun as taught by Sigong William Cheuk Hing Cheung though Sifu Sonny Whitmore in Queens, New York. This is a unique Chinese form of self-defense, originally perfected by a woman, which instills a more formidable sense of being in a third of the time it took to master Shaolin or Sil Lum martial artistry.

Master Cheung happened to become Bruce Lee’s (Shiu Loong) best childhood friend after meeting him at Bruce’s nine year birthday party in Hong Kong. William Cheung was also nine years of age at the time.

Potentially, if you live near me, you will be well advantaged to partake of my lessons. You’ll train having wiser responses to your environment’s theoretically potential onslaughts and gain deeper personal insights for expressing your virtuous side of being.

As you become an intensified work of art, artistically designed by you – mindfully – you’ll be a vortex of power. It be with you as it is yours! Your “be”-ing is your art.

Goal Setting

Some of us want to reach higher levels of being in our world. Not to remain the same old same that’s old. We want to be better and to feel better and to have more satisfaction from life and all that comprises it. But this doesn’t come about all by itself. Much of what is good in life has to be worked for. After all, with the “fall” of Adam, G-d said (more or less) to him that as a result he and his descendants: “… by the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread …” This has implications for pretty much anything that we want. Being “cast out” of “the Eden garden” this is where goal setting (and supplication for that matter) comes in.

Three specific behaviors have been proven to bring about effective goal getting:

  • Setting specific dates for each goal (Specific down to the day)
  • Whittling down the goal into a series of small steps and setting a specific deadline for each step (What’s the best way to eat an whale? One bite at a time … cutting it down into little edible pieces …)
  • Reviewing the defined stages regularly and measuring the progress. Where necessary make adjustments and take the next step and meet the deadline.

It’s good to carve out a few minutes each day to look at a step by step worksheet and be determined to not let its purpose drift to the wayside. Spend a few minutes figuring out EXACTLY what you really want to achieve and WHY. More importantly, work backwards from that point to see exactly how you can and WILL get your mark. Once you get a firm and clear goal in mind, then you can start to put a real plan together.

Several different routes can take you to your goal. Some will be easier to follow but will take much longer to shuttle you to where you want to be. Some may require more “energy” to be invested, but will get you to where you want to be much more quickly and be much more fulfilling to you in the end, which is what most of us want. Who wants to wait a long time to reach a destination?

While you’re at it you might as well think BIG! Truly wonderful successes happen in “quantum” leaps – not in tiny little increments. Like … Wow! We did it!

Begin with the end in mind. Start tracing from the endpoint and work backwards to envision a solid “plan of attack”. It is a MUST to achieve goals. Why set them in the first place? They are the “thing” that one has their vision on to achieve. Shift your mindset into a whole different gear. Realize that you can’t make that shift by behaving as you may have until now. You can’t reach your mark by simply working harder doing the same things you have been. Where have those actions gotten you to this day? Start to think in terms of leverage and find an existing system or different ways to be much more effective with less effort. If I’m not mistaken, Einstein said: “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. What results do you want? Think sanely … and bigger.

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Every One of Us Make The Difference!

We are all worlds within ourselves. Sages in the Babylonian Talmud (Tractate Sanhedrin 37a) say whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.

Brandi Snyder in a quote said, “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.” How true! The effect we can have on others in our environment is immense. When possible, be the shining star in the constellation of other’s lives. Hey, have you heard this Jimmy Cliff song yet?

Also by the way, have you seen this awesome environmental impact video yet? It really shows why everyone must increase their contribution to making our world reality more positive by living according to the natural law of shared resources. Stay within the confines of proper consumption and allowing regeneration. How is it you are relating to our world? Given the latest atmospheric and geological events, it doesn’t appear that our global situation is good. Those of us who want to live in harmony and peace must walk the walk. Who’s the driving force of your decision making? If it’s you, then that’s a good start. You can live your values. Use your common sense and be your own leader … do your thinking for yourself. Play your part in “the family of life” as you best fit. The difference will benefit us all.

But even more-so, Maimonides said, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

If I can make an impact on even one person that in effect causes him or her to live a life of happiness without worries and the feeling of over-working, I may have done enough. But to have an exponential effect … Well that’s simply marvelous! I imagine that would qualify me to be some sort of hero … not just a mere sand witch (bad play on words …). Nah seriously, if in the opinion of others I affect a change in such a way that someone learns to “take the reins on their horse”, so to say, and ride like a champion, wouldn’t that qualify? That’s one of the reasons why I promote Matt Lloyd’s 21 step internet business system. By far the most effective system for making high ticket commissions online in the world. It will dramatically help you to change and take care of preparing you to be a more successful “home” business person . . . with the tools proven to do what they do, best. What’s more, you will begin becoming a “freed” agent in the mix that makes our world. Set free to do your “thang” . . . an adventure of personal growth and development.